What You Need & Where to Put It

Remodeling & Renovation Tips

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in DIY, Problem-Solved!, Sanity Savers, What You Need & Where to Put It | 0 comments


Keeping your home organized during a remodel/redesign 

When you are remodeling or redesigning your home you will have construction equipment, materials and people everywhere. It can become chaotic quite quickly as you can imagine. You can keep the chaos to a minimum if you organize and plan well, which will also help the process to much smoother and keep you from pulling your hair out!

Create a calm place

You will want a place that you can go when you can no longer tolerate the hammering and drilling going on in your home. If it is summer time, you may choose your patio, porch or deep in your backyard. The key is that this space is comfortable and that you can relax here. If it is cold out, go for an area in your home as far away from the work as possible. For example, if the work is happening in your kitchen which is downstairs in the back of your home and your bedroom is upstairs in the front of your home then this would be ideal. You can shut the door and enjoy some peace and quiet. Make sure that there is no clutter in whichever area that you choose. You are trying to get away from all of this.

Clean as you go

Whether you are doing the work yourself or not, you can still keep things clean as the work progresses. For example, if you are having a kitchen remodeled, there is going to be dust that gets tracked and carried throughout your home. Take a little time each day after work is done to wipe things down by either sweeping or vacuuming, then there won’t be accumulation that builds up resulting in a major clean up project later. This will also help you have a sense of control over what is happening in your home and provide you a little peace of mind.

Moving things temporarily

Now, when a room is being redone and everything needs to be moved out, try not to just grab things and put them wherever you can. You want to be strategic and organized during this process. For example, if your bathroom is being redone, create separate boxes for hygiene products, washcloths and towels, cleaning supplies and toiletries. Keeping these separated will make it so much easier to put things back into place once your bathroom is done. Then, since everything is neatly in a box you can easily stack these in a closet or in a corner so that you do not have boxes laying around everywhere. There may be some cases where the renovation or remodel is so extensive that you need to move your belongings out of the house entirely. That would be a time when using public storage is encouraged because it’s temporary.

Create Temporary Work Spaces

Things like cooking, paying bills and getting work done have to be done regardless of whether or not you are in the middle of a remodel. For example, if you are having your home office redone, you’ll still need a space to do office-related tasks. Create a temporary space if you have some extra kitchen counter space, a little nook that you really do not use in your living room, or a spare bedroom. Make sure the temporary space doesn’t overflow into your common living space, which could cause you to feel cramped and uncomfortable during the remodel. Staying organized will ensure that the rest of your home does not feel like it is being taken over.

home rennovation

When You are Doing the Work

If you are working from home during the  remodel or redesign, create a realistic renovation schedule to stay on track. For example, if you are totally gutting a room, give yourself more than a single day to accomplish the demolition. When you set reasonable goals and meet them you will feel a lot more accomplished and motivated to stay on track. Also prepare for unforeseen issues. It could be something simple like being one gallon of paint short or something bigger such as not being able to fit an appliance into its designated spot. Allowing room in the renovation schedule will help if you do wind up running into an unexpected glitch.

These tips brought to you by the storage and organization experts at Next Door Storage. Connect with them on  Facebook or Google+.

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Organizing Business Cards

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in 5-minutes-a-day, DIY, Easy Organizing, Organizing Products, What You Need & Where to Put It, Where I’ve Been | 1 comment

Over the years, I’ve collected lots of business cards. Between attending networking events, conferences and trade shows, I’ve managed to accumulate a nice collection. Although I’ve entered all the contact information into a database, occasionally I still like to go through the cards because they remind me of the experience of meeting the individuals and the type of business they run.

At a recent networking event, where I had the honor of participating as a Table Topic Coach on Organizing, one of the business women at my table asked about organizing business cards. She too had quite a collection and enjoyed keeping them because there were so many that were creatively designed.

Here’s are suggestions for storing business cards:

  • Sort the cards by event (Take an envelope or Ziploc bag with you to the event, conference or trade show. Toss all the cards in and label the envelope so they are immediately sorted).
  • Enter the information into a database that allows you to indicate where you met the individual and gives you the ability to more easily follow up.
  • File the cards*

*Here are several methods for filing and saving the cards:

1. Use Loose-leaf Binder Rings

Punch a hole in each business card, attach to a ring, add a label and put in a basket or clear jar with other cards you’ve collected.

Business Cards with Loose-leaf Rings

2. Business Card File Box If you choose this option, decide whether you’ll file by company name or individual’s name.

Semikolon Business Card File Box from SJW

3. Crafty Solution

If you want to take Idea #2 a little further and get crafty, here’s a DIY box from I Heart Organizing that allows you to sort by category or subject, whatever is pertinent to your industry.

I Heart Organizing Biz Card Holder


4. Of course, there’s the tried-and-true option of putting the cards in a binder. Again, you can sort alphabetically or by category.

Business Card Binder Organizing Junkie

A couple of tips if you’re attending a trade show or conference: Establish a system beforehand so you can be sure to effectively follow up with specific people. For example, if you have a conversation with someone and it looks like that could develop into a business relationship, make a few notes on the card and put it in an envelope or file that is marked “Important Follow up” (or something similar that resonates with you). Create a secondary envelope or file for “Not so Important Follow” (again, or a similar label to indicate that you want to follow up but it’s not as critical).

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DIY {Entryway} Storage Everyone Needs

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in 5-minutes-a-day, DIY, Easy Organizing, Problem-Solved!, Sanity Savers, What You Need & Where to Put It | 1 comment

I pinned this photo on my “Garage OrganizationPinterest board and it’s been re-pinned more than 800 times. So, since this has the all-time highest re-pinned pin on my boards, I had to research further where this beautiful example came from and why people love it.

But, first, let me tell you why I pinned it!

Garage Area Storage

As an organizer and a busy mom, I know how we {busy parents} routinely wind up with stacks of stuff that are transported to and from the car that, if we’re not careful (and have a place for it), will likely wind up in heaps somewhere in the house. You with me? This stuff generally falls into a few categories:

Returns (Stuff we bought thinking it would be perfect—and it wasn’t—or we’d try out and decided not to keep. This pile might include library books too.)

Lost & Found (our children’s friend’s things that were left behind)

Donations (after we’ve randomly decided that we no longer need a particular toy, piece of clothing, etc.)

{If you have a category not listed here, please list it in the comments. I would love to know!!}

Then there are the overflow items. These are items such as paper towels, extra toilet paper, bottled water, etc. They are the items purchased at big box stores like Costco. You know, the 96 granola bars and 28 cans of diced tomatoes.

So when I saw this picture on Pinterest, I was thrilled that someone had done such a wonderful job of representing what all busy parents need at the busiest entrance/exit to their home!

The shelving also caught my eye, because it’s my all-time favorite. It comes in a variety of sizes. I have a small 3-shelf unit in my hall closet to house a container full of flip flops (we live in the south) my dog’s accessories, and rain boots.

So, to create a space like the one above for yourself, start with my all-time favorite shelving:

All-time favorite shelving

Next, add baskets with labels to indicate Returns, Lost & Found, Donate/Consign. Labeling the baskets gives it a finishing touch and makes it easy for everyone in your household to find what they need, when they need it.


Leave room on the shelves for overflow of household supplies, organizing them in groups. For example, one shelf for perishable items (include bottled water in this category) on an upper shelf and paper towels & TP on another.

The pin is from Justagirlblog.com, a beautiful decorating blog owned by a woman named Chris, a busy parent, just like you and me!

Here’s the link to the original pin. Feel free to like it and repin!

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Organize Your Swimsuits

Posted by on Jul 7, 2013 in Easy Organizing, Problem-Solved!, Small Space Living, What You Need & Where to Put It | 0 comments

Tie racks aren’t just for ties. Here’s a great way to keep your bikinis handy during the summer months.

These racks are mounted on the wall facing the bathroom and next to the back door, so when it comes time to dash off to the beach, grab a suit, hop into the bathroom, slip on your suit, and you’re ready to go!


Purchase the tie rack, mount in a convenient place, grab a suit, change and go!

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Organizing Fido & Fluffy

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Easy Organizing, Problem-Solved!, What You Need & Where to Put It | 0 comments

I love my Pug. And I’m sure you love your pet too!

Around my house, we take turns feeding and walking Cody. The food and treats are kept together in the kitchen, the leash and poop bags in the hall closet. He has a bed in the family room, that’s cleverly tucked behind a chair so it doesn’t interfere with the decor (but still matches). His toys are nearby and sometimes strewn all over the place, but we can quickly clean up because everyone knows where they belong.

Whether you have a Fido or Fluffy, like kids, they have “stuff” that needs a place to live. Here are some great solutions for organizing the stuff and suggestions on where to put it:

1. A basket is a great way to contain toys. Put this in your family room or wherever you play with your pet.

2. Use the inside of a closet door to hang a container that holds items such as poop bags, leashes, collars, flea and heartworm meds, chew toys, treats, towel, and pet clothing.

3. For bath time, use a plastic tote with handles (you can easily grab with one hand) for shampoo and a container to fill and rinse your pet with. Okay, so you may not be washing Fluffy, but Fido will need one.

4. Consider hanging a hook for your dog’s leashes, collars and clothing.

5. A closed container is great way to store treats. Use another for flea, tic and heartworm meds, etc.

6. If you’re traveling with your pet, consider this really cool container.

Fluffy and Fido are family members too and they deserve special places for their things!

Don’t forget Pet.doc to record all your pet’s personal information!

pet doc

Coming soon…a complete page of my Perfect Pet Organization picks! Stay-tuned.


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